The Holcomb Family Tree

The information on this website was provided by my Father, Joe Wade Holcomb. He acquired most of this information in the early 50's when he was auditing the City of Houston Public Library and needed something to do on his lunch hour. He has done a very thorough job and I wanted to provide this information to anyone else that might be interested. He has spent the last few years reveiwing and updating the information.

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The Holcombe Family History

The name is believed to come from the location of the first family to use this name. They are unsure of the exact mearning of the words in the original language. The "combe" is thought to have meant a forest or grove of trees. The "hol" may have meant a river, a lake or possible a crossroads or other landmark. The name apparently indicated the location where the family lived and became the identifier of the family.

There is record of a Holcombe as a participant in the battle of Hastings in 1066. This Holcombe fought against the invading Normans and Willaim the Conquerror as a part of the Anglo-Saxan Army. The Family Crest arose from the participation of a Holcombe in the Holy Crusades. The creast commemorates his deed of beheading two Saracens with a single blow of his sword. The crest is a shield with a blaze and two Saracens heads.

The Holcombes in the United States come from four ancestors who had no direct relationship. Apparently each of the four was from a different part of the British Isles. Three of the families are northen and one(ours) is southern. Ours came to America from Wales. It is not absolutely a certainity that the family is Welsh as they could have been English living in Wales. The southern Holcombes were basically farmers and landholders. It is surmised, that although they were southern and farmers, they were not big slaveholders.

In East Texss where the family has lived for some 7 generations, the name was pronounced 'Hallcomb". One branch of the family in Georgia spells the name "Harcum". This seems to be the result of attempting to spell the name phonetically. For the same reason, many people in Houston now pronounce the name "Hole comb". Another family tradition is that the Holcombes went to Kentucky with Daniel Boone.